We describe a dedicated cosmic-ray telescope that explores a new method for detecting Cherenkov radiation from high-energy primary cosmic rays and the large particle air shower they induce upon entering the atmosphere. Using a camera comprising 16 multi-anode photomultiplier tubes for a total of 256 pixels, the Track Imaging Cherenkov Experiment (TrICE) resolves substructures in particle air showers with 0.086° resolution. Cherenkov radiation is imaged using a novel two-part optical system in which a Fresnel lens provides a wide-field optical trigger and a mirror system collects delayed light with four times the magnification. TrICE records well-resolved cosmic-ray air showers at rates ranging between 0.01 Hz and 0.1 Hz.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment|
|State||Published - Dec 11 2011|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics